Liverpool Shirley and Mike Martin planned to open their new business – Jo’s Li’l Cupcakes – on Election Day, but they needed a few extra days to complete the interior renovation of the shop that had long housed Chris’s Flowers Etc. at 141 First St., in the village.
The ovens went into overdrive and the doors swung open on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Mike’s contractor brother, Jeff Martin, gave the room a wide-open feel complemented by a couple tables and a few easy chairs and a rock’n’roll décor accentuated by electric guitar imagery and a tabletop collage of concert tickets.
Comfort is a bonus at Jo’s Li’l Cupcake where the namesake confection gets top-billing. Every day the Martins bake 15 different colorful cupcake varieties from orange to pumpkin to peanut butter. They sell them for $1 each or $5 for a six-pack.
Customers can wash down the puny pastries with Paul de Lima coffee, tea, cider or gourmet soda pop made by Cooper’s Cave Ale Company of Glens Falls. The orange cream soda tastes like a carbonated creamsicle. Deelish! Shirley also bakes mini-pies, cakes ($5 each) and specialty breads ($3) and cookies (two for $1).
While Jo’s is named after the Martins’ pet terrier, you won’t find Jo wandering around the premises — “Because we sell food for humans, we really can’t have him in here,” Mike explained — but the shop also sells pet treats, a real bargain at three for $2.
Got an idea for a brand new kind of mini-cupcake? “We love special orders,” Mike said. “Ask us about Jo’s li’l party pack.” Call Jo’s at 632-8269.
Sam & The Twisters
On Aug. 13, when the oldies band Smokin’ played for Liverpool Is The Place at Johnson Park, hundreds of friends and fans of drummer Jan Fetterly turned out to bid the old Twister good-bye. He and his wife, Nancy, are starting a new life in sunny Arizona.